So this tale has certainly taken a twist –
Matthew Hedges, the Durham University researcher who was arrested in United Arab Emirates on Spy charges, has been given a full Presidential pardon after apparently confessing to being an MI6 spy.
I’m not sure what to make of this, as we still don’t fully know the exact details of what is going on, but I’m going to take a guess –
a) The British Government have stepped in and told him to just admit it (whether it’s true or not) in order to keep the peace with the UAE
b) He has admitted it without being coerced, in order to just get the hell out of there
c) He really IS a spy and all of a sudden UAE have decided that he’s “learnt his lesson and promises to be a good boy from now on”
Personally I’m going with option a.
It means that the UAE can wash their hands of the whole thing while outwardly maintaining their dignity – they caught a spy, threw him in jail, and said spy’s Government have had to crawl on their hands and knees to beg forgiveness on is behalf.
I think it’ll be interesting to see whether MI6 or anyone in Government will confirm if Matthew Hedges was a spy (probably not as it might not be the safest thing to do) and if we ever get the truth behind any of this.
I wait with baited breath.